The laws for outgoing adoptions from the U.S. may be very different from those coming in to the U.S., depending on the country.  The Hague Convention presides over U.S. outgoing adoption cases as the U.S. is a member of the organization.  An outgoing Convention adoption occurs when there is an adoption of a resident child in the U.S. by someone in a Convention country or if the child has moved or will move from the U.S. to a Convention country in connection with the adoption.  The final adoption decree may be issued in either the U.S. or the receiving country. 

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Before an outgoing case is approved, generally efforts must have been made to find suitable adoptive parents in the United States, although this requirement is waived if the parents of the child both find adoptive parents internationally without the help of an adoption agency.

For more information, visit adoption.state.gov.
 

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